Care for Flowers

I have just received a beautiful arrangement from Bloomen! How can I care for them so that I enjoy them longer?

When you receive your bouquet, they are wrapped with moist cotton to keep the flowers well hydrated for the day. If you do not transfer them to a vase quickly, they will dry out and wilt. What a waste!

To enjoy your flowers to their maximum vase life, here are some useful tips!

1. Remove the packaging

If you have received a wrapped bouquet, gently unwrap and remove the packaging. If you have received a vase arrangement, simply remove it from the shipping box, unwrap it and place it in a cool spot.

2. Trim the Stems

Start by trimming the stems at an angle, about 1-2 inches from the bottom. Use a sharp pair of scissors or a knife to make a clean cut. This will help the flowers absorb water better, and keep them from wilting too soon. Repeat this every few days to ensure proper water absorption.

3. Place the Flowers in a Vase

Once the stems are trimmed, transfer them to a clean vase of water right away. Add flower food that comes with your bouquet according to the instructions on the packet. Do ensure all stems are touching the water for a good drink.

4. Change the Water

Change the water in the vase every two days, or whenever it starts to look cloudy. Clean the vase as well to prevent any bacteria build up.

5. Keep Them Cool

Flowers don't like heat, so keep your bouquet away from direct sunlight or sources of heat like appliances. Instead, place them in a cool, shady spot, and avoid putting them near drafts, air conditioning vents or ripening fruits.

6. Mist Them

Mist your bouquet with a spray bottle of water to keep them hydrated and fresh. This is especially important if you live in a dry climate or if your home is air-conditioned.

7. Remove Dead Leaves and Petals

As your bouquet ages, you may notice dead leaves and petals starting to accumulate. Remove them as soon as possible, as they can cause bacteria to grow and shorten the lifespan of your flowers.

By following these simple flower care tips, you can keep your bouquet looking fresh and beautiful for days to come. Enjoy your flowers and the joy they bring!

I have just received a orchid planter from Bloomen! How can I care for them so that I enjoy them longer?

Taking care of Phalaenopsis orchids is not as tricky as it may seem. Here are some tips to help you keep your orchids thriving:

1. Light

Phalaenopsis orchids love bright but indirect light. A good spot for them would be near a bright window, but make sure the sunlight doesn't fall directly on them as this can burn their leaves.

2. Water

Water your Phalaenopsis orchid once a week, but make sure not to overwater them. A good rule of thumb is to let the top inch of the potting mix dry out before watering again. Always make sure to drain any excess water from the pot after watering.

3. Humidity

Phalaenopsis orchids like a humid environment, so if you live in a dry area, consider using a humidifier to increase the humidity around the plant. You can also place a tray of water near the plant to create some humidity.

4. Fertilizer

Feed your Phalaenopsis orchid once a month with a balanced fertilizer. Be careful not to over-fertilize as this can harm the plant.

5. Pruning

Trim off any dead or yellowing leaves, and cut back the flower spike after it has finished blooming.

6. Repotting

Repot your Phalaenopsis orchid once every 2-3 years using fresh orchid potting mix. Make sure to choose a pot with drainage holes and only go up one pot size.

Remember, Phalaenopsis orchids are sensitive plants, so it's important not to make any sudden changes to their environment. With a little bit of care, you'll be able to enjoy beautiful blooms from your orchids for years to come!